White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum)
A prehistoric grey armoured beast, the white rhino is truly an African plains warrior. Fitted with a flat, square upper lip and a singular upper hump on its back as well as two large keratin horns on the end of its nose.
||Around 2,000 kg
||1.7 – 1.8 m
Males are aggressive for two purposes, protecting their territory against intruders and competing over females. Males will often fight to the death during mating season and inflict devastating wounds with their horns.
The social structure of the White rhino is complex. Herds of up to 14 individuals may gather, often as a means of protecting young calves. Adult males roam their territories and defend their herds of nursing females, protecting their legacy of young.
||2 - 3 years
||Oct - Dec
||16 - 18 months
|Number of offspring
White Rhinos primarily inhabit grassy savannahs where grazing conditions are prime.
White Rhinos use their square lip to feed almost exclusively on short savannah grasses.
Rhinos are no easy meal for predators and are not often targeted by carnivores. Their thick hide makes them prey to only lions and humans. Human’s target rhinos for their horns and skin, which is inaccurately sold for its medicinal qualities.
White Rhinoceros at Naankuse sites